Councilmen Peterborough renounce the “lack of respect culture” – BBC News

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Richard Ferris and Matthew Mahabadi resigned as councilors of Peterborough

Two members of the Labor Party in Peterborough resigned, citing the "bullying and incompetence" of the party in dealing with anti-Semitism. Richard Ferris and Matthew Mahabadi previously criticized the selection of a local candidate who allegedly suggested that the Holocaust was a deception. A joint statement that said he exploded the whistle in March exposed the "alienation and ignorance." The leader of the working group, Shaz Nawaz, described the movement as "disappointing." In his statement of resignation, the counselors said that it was a "privilege" to serve the city, but that was "tiresome, stressful and hallucinating at times." He was critical of the conservative administration of the city, who described them as "adult men who act as children."

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The two advisers criticized the conservative administration and "pressure" within their own party

In March Mr. Ferris, the party vice-president in Peterborough and a councilor from Park Ward and Mr. Mahabadi, representing East Ward, openly criticized the decision to allow Alan Bull to appear in the elections. Bull was then suspended during a 2015 Publication on Facebook in which he seemed to question the historical basis of the Holocaust. He later apologized, saying that the post was sent to a "closed group" of friends to "invite discussion and debate." In an article published in the New Statesman, Mr. Ferris and Mahabadi criticized the Labor Party for its "failure at the local and national level to deal with an extremely serious case of unapologetic anti-Semitism." "It seems that we leave a plug outside the bottle, throughout the game "They wrote," It's enough. " The two men created a group called Work Counselors against anti-Semitism in the same month, saying they were "sick and tired of lethargy when taking action." "We have to face the pressure, harassment and alienation of a powerful minority of" militant "elements of our own Labor party." said: "To silence, to channel, to keep the attention on the problem of the anti-semitism in Labor Party Peterborough". It's enough. "Counselor, Conservative John Holdich, said the two were" victims of weak local inexperienced leadership, "and described it as" not only negative but destructive, "he says. Their seats will not be contested since they are less than six months until the next municipal elections, which will be held in May.

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